A quick look at the new clothing we’re getting from Arc’teryx ready for the upcoming autumn/winter season. I’ll cover their Whiteline and winter specific products when we get a bit closer to winter!
Alpha IS Jacket
The Alpha IS is a new premium insulated fully waterproof jacket which is designed to do away with having both a shell and a midlayer, saving you weight. It features Thermatek insulation, which is exclusive to Arc’teryx and is ideal for this sort of jacket as it is the most efficient and fastest drying insulation in the Arcteryx range for damp conditions. Keeping it waterproof is 40 denier 2 layer Gore-Tex.
Alpha SL Pant
Emergency waterproof pants which weigh in at just 365g and, thanks to the use of Gore-Tex Paclite, are incredibly packable. Despite being a lightweight over trouser there are plenty of features on the Alpha SL pants, including full length zippers on either side to make taking them on and off easy as well as giving a drop seat. They also feature super tough N150p-X Gore-Tex in high wear areas so if you do have to use them they won’t be destroyed thanks to one tough day.
Power Stretch hoodies and jackets have become a staple part of layering systems due to their versatility and durability. Ideal under a shell or even more insulation or as an outer when chilling out at the campsite or bivi spot the Kyanite has a trim, body hugging fit and a nylon face which not only helps prevent abrasion but also allows layers to slide easily on the top.
Satoro AR Zip Neck
The Satoro is a midweight Merino wool baselayer which has been designed for prolonged use in cooler environments – nothing new here but the Satoro does feature Nucliex STR 180 wool. This wool is made from yarn which is created by wrapping Merino fibres around a nylon filament. This combines the soft feel, moisture and warmth efficiency and odour resistance of Merino wool with the durability of nylon. It also has a small elastane content to give it some stretch so it stays next close to your skin keeping it effective.
What’s been updated…
Beta LT Jacket
The ever popular Beta LT has been given a work over. It now has an improved fit and a longer cut body – something I always considered to be the biggest issue with the previous versions. It now provides excellent coverage in heavy rain and stays put under a harness or pack waistbelt. It’s also been given an improved hood with cordlock adjusters and WaterTight zippers on the hand pockets.
Cerium LT Hoody, Jacket & Vest
The Cerium LT Hoody, Jacket and Vest have been updated too. All now feature a longer body length for more coverage, an internal zippered security pocket and an adjustable hem drawcord. Honestly, I’m surprised they bothered finding ways of improving last years Cerium LT as it’s always been a great and justly popular jacket.